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What size Czar?

Li'l Dave

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Jan 10, 2002
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I'm going to buy a trials bike, a new Czar I think, and I can't figure out what size to get. The short frame is a 1075 wheelbase, and the long is a 1095. I'm about 5'9", but I don't know which one would work best for me. Both sizes feel weird, so I can't tell which one feels best... what would you do?
 

r464

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Oct 17, 2006
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Usually urban riding tends to favor a shorter wheelbase. Of course, your individual preferences may override this, but since you are asking...

Longer will be more stable, but perhaps a bit less "flickable". There are plenty of guys who are over 6-foot that ride mod, let alone a shorter wheelbase stock frame, so you could certainly get accustomed to it.

My first all-out stock frame was a long (at about 1100mm) and I shortened it to about 1085 for my next frame.
 

Li'l Dave

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Jan 10, 2002
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Awesome, that makes sense. So short Czar stock it is. I just need Web Cyclery to get them in stock. They said they should have them anyday now. I'm psyched, any norcal monkeys wanna ride some trials?
 

Li'l Dave

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Jan 10, 2002
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So here's another question... the Czar is a 385mm chainstay +30 bottom bracket, and the Adamant is a 375mm chainstay +15 bottom bracket... both bikes are within a few dollars of eachother, which one would be better for primarily urban trials? I know the lower bb of the Adamant would be a bit less twitchy, but the longer chainstays of the Czar would make side hops and rear wheel gaps better. I'm just checking, I know either bike would be sick, but I just want to hear what others would say.
 

jonKranked

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shorter chainstays will make it easier to balance on your rear wheel. however a longer chainstay will give you more leverage for rear wheel moves. it depends on your style i guess.

FWIW I prefer a little higher of a BB, it gives better clearance. I deal with the twichiness... you get used to it after a while and it improves your finesse.


I'm not norcal, but if you have make it down to south LA give me a heads up and we can ride.
 

Li'l Dave

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Jan 10, 2002
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San Jose, CA
So here it finally is. I built wheels last night and got it all finished up this morning, parking lot ride was fun. Bike is funny though, where did my seat go?:imstupid:
 

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Aug 6, 2006
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So here it finally is. I built wheels last night and got it all finished up this morning, parking lot ride was fun. Bike is funny though, where did my seat go?:imstupid:
I just got my first trials bike a few days ago, and still try to sit down for a break everynow and then. I only fell down doing that once though.:monkeydance: